Our inaugural lecture, held on Monday, September 26th at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, is available for viewing below. Our lecturer was the Rev. Dr. Cody Sanders, whose lecture was titled “Strengthen What Remains: Queer Apocalyptic Hope.” A overview of his lecture can be found below the video.


Thanks to all who attended! AWAB looks forward to the continuation of this lecture series, year after year.

A Lecture Presented by AWAB

The age in which we are living and dying is one of myriad endings and edges. The planetary climate, the political climate, the composition of our everyday lives and communities are all filled with possibility and peril. Christian faith traditions hold a resource of visionary potential for living at the edges of life and the endings of the world as we know it: apocalyptic imagination. This lecture will explore the potential of holding together three concepts – queer, apocalyptic, hope – known to cause trouble and provoke revolutionary imagination, asking: What potential does queer apocalyptic hope offer to faith communities to awaken us from our captivity to the status quo, sustain us in cultivating communities of compassion and justice, and nurture our capacity to “strengthen what remains and is on the point of death” (Rev. 3:2).


If you would like to engage previous materials Dr. Sanders has developed on apocalypse, see his lecture, “Apocalyptic Emotions and the Practice of Care,” given as part of the Doing Theology in Pandemics series and collected in an edited text, two visual-auditory-scientific-mythic-poetic sermons at Old Cambridge Baptist Church (Origins|Edges I & Origins|Edges II), and his article on “What the Church can Learn from Octavia Butler” in Sojourners.